More Than 59 Passengers Survive A Bus/Tanker Collision In Enugu

More than 59 passengers survived death when a fully loaded commercial luxury bus crashed into the drainage on the Enugu-Onitsha expressway on Friday.

The bus was reported to have avoided collision with a petrol tanker when it crashed.

Mr John Obi, who witnessed the incident told the Newsmen that the bus with plate number KRD 730 XJ, belonging to The Young Shall Grow motors was heading to Taraba from Onitsha.

Obi said the passenger bus, which was descending the Kwata bridge just before the popular Unizik junction in Awka, on a high speed was trying to avoid an unmarked petrol tanker.

He added that the tanker was turning on the Expressway after discharging its content at a nearby filling station. Obi confirmed that no live was lost but some passengers sustained various degrees of injuries.

One of the victims, who identified himself as Chukwudi, said he was thankful to God for the narrow escape but was not psychologically balanced to speak further.

“I just thank God, because this could have been my last day, for me I thank God,” he said.

Another passenger, Hajiya Rekia, a nursing mother, was just shouting “Nagode Allah, Nagode Allah” (thank God).

The Vice Chairman of Red Cross Society in Anambra, Prof Peter Katchy, whose team was part of the rescue operation, confirmed that there was no death but few passengers sustained minor injuries which had been treated.

Katchy called on the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to restore the electric pole that was knocked down and remove cables lying dangerously on the Expressway.

“We do not know the immediate cause but it would be known after our final investigation, though it was a serious crash and we responded immediately but thank God no death was recorded. We have called on the EEDC to immediately remove the pole and wire from the highway. he said.

Meanwhile, a combined team of Police, FRSC, NSCDC personnel, and the state Fire Service were at the scene of the accident.